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John Nelson Collection

John Nelson was born in Harestad, Sweden, in 1864. He came to Wheeler County with his parents at the age of seventeen. From there he traveled to the gold fields of Colorado, where he became acquainted with photography. He returned to Nebraska and established a studio in Ericson. His photographs tell the story of small town life in Nebraska during the first decades of the Twentieth Century. His subjects included his local businesses, community activities, and early automobiles. These are just a few examples of his insight into the heart of rural Nebraska. This photograph was likely taken in front of a café in Ericson, Nebraska. 

To explore more of the Nelson Collection, please visit the NSHS Photograph and Artifact Database

Belfast, Nebraska [RG3542.PH000113-000001]Belfast, Nebraska, about 1920 [RG3542.PH000113-000001]

Belfast, Nebraska [RG3542.PH000113-000002]Belfast, Nebraska, about 1920 [RG3542.PH000113-000002 ]

Spalding, Nebraska [RG3542.PH000121-000004]Spalding, Nebraska, about 1920 [RG3542.PH000121-000004 ]

Buick dealership, Spalding, Nebraska [RG3542.PH000123-000004] Buick dealership, Spalding, Nebraska, about 1920 [RG3542.PH000123-000004]

Interior of Buick dealership, Spalding, Nebraska [RG3542.PH000123-000001] Interior of the Buick dealership, Spalding, Nebraska about 1920 [RG3542.PH000123-000001] 

Picnic [RG3542.PH000102-000017] Community picnic [RG3542.PH000102-000017 ]

Harvesting Potatoes [RG3542.PH000134-000010] Harvesting potatoes [RG3542.PH000134-000010]

Feeding chickens [RG3542.PH000134-000011] Feeding chickens [RG3542.PH000134-000011]

Stacking hay [RG3542.PH000134-000003] Stacking hay [RG3542.PH000134-000003]

Stacking hay [RG3542.PH000134-000007] Stacking hay [RG3542.PH000134-000007]

Butcher shop interior, Ericson, Nebraska [RG3542.PH000095-000022] Interior of the butcher shop, probably Ericson, Nebraska [RG3542.PH000095-000022]

Butcher shop interior, Ericson, Nebraska [RG3542.PH000095-000035] Interior of the butcher shop, probably Ericson, Nebraska [RG3542.PH000095-000035] 

Post Office [RG3542.PH000095-000024] Interior of the post office [RG3542.PH000095-000024]

Café, probably in Ericson, Nebraska [RG3542.PH000095-000033] Café, probably in Ericson, Nebraska [RG3542.PH000095-000033] 

Telephone Exchange [RG3542.PH000095-000034] The Telephone Exchange [RG3542.PH000095-000034]

Adolph Hebert, painter and paper hanger, Dumas, Nebraska [RG3542.PH000095-000006] Adolph Hebert, painter and paper hanger, Dumas, Nebraska [RG3542.PH000095-000006]

Veterinarian L.C. Avery [RG3542.PH000095-000009] Veterinarian L.C. Avery [RG3542.PH000095-000009]

Unidentified band [RG3542.PH000099-000003] Unidentified band [RG3542.PH000099-000003]

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